Jacob - Bible study activities
Activities for individuals or groups
Films: destruction caused by lies
List some films about the destruction caused by lies. You can choose recent films or classics. If this is a group activity, choose films most people know.
Stage 2: Glance over your list
1. Have you chosen films that are realistic, or do you prefer films that are inspiring/uplifting?
Stage 3: Choose your favorite
Stage 4: Think about your choices
Group activity: discuss these questions, making sure everyone in the group has a chance to talk about their ideas.
Single activity: sit down for a few minutes and focus your mind; work through the Stage 3 questions; think about them as you do other tasks in your day.
Movies about destructive lies
Answers HERE (see 'Jacob') Can you think of others?
Paintings of Jacob, Rachel and Isaac
Read the story at Bible people: Jacob
Go to Rebecca: paintings. Scroll through the paintings from first to last.
Which part of the story has been the most popular with artists? Would this have been your choice?
Artists paint what they want to paint, but they also paint with their audience in mind. Look at the paintings again. Who is the painting directed at? Explain your reasoning.
Is there a scene that has been ignored by artists, but which you would like to see? Why does this other incident appeals to you more than the scene favored by the artists? Spend some time quietly thinking about your response.
The importance of dreams
The story of Jacob places great importance on the dream he has about a ladder leading up to and down from heaven.
Have you had dreams that have been particularly significant, or that have affected you deeply?
Significant dreams often happen when we are stressed about something. Has this happened to you?
If so, write a description of the dream, then share this with a learning partner. Can you see any significance or symbolic meaning in what happened in the dream?
1. What are the main events of the person's life? Tell the story.
Tell the story.
2. What were their main qualities? What made them stand out from the crowd?
3. What obstacles did they face? Did they overcome them, or go with the flow? Explain.
Did they overcome them, or go with the flow? Explain.
4. How did they use their abilities to do Godís work?
5. Which part of their story appeals to you most? Why?
You must include three short quotations from the Bible texts to illustrate the points you are making.
Each of these quotes tell us something important about Jacob and his family.
Take each quote and read it in context - you can find the Bible passages for each one at Bible texts for Jacob. The quotes are highlighted.
What does each quote one tell you about the man himself - even if the words were said by someone else?
If someone were telling your story, what sentences might they use to sum up your life?
Bible Stories: People of the Old Testament - Bible Study Resource: Jacob, Leah and Rachel